Leave No Trace by Mindy Mejia (4 out of 5)

I’m way behind! I read this one in mid-October. Her first book, Everything You Want Me To Be, still profoundly disturbs me. And I read it two years ago! This is her newest, also available in paperback, and brought to us by Atria/Emily Bestler Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. It is out and available in your local bookstore.

The middle of wilderness nowhere. That’s what I thought of the setting for this one, which is thousands of unclaimed, wild forest in Minnesota. The Boundary Waters is the location of Mejia’s latest. Ten years ago, a man and his son walked into The Boundary Waters, never to be seen since. Until a young man walks into an outdoors store and violent trashes it. Turns out the young man is the son who’s missing for the past ten years, and he’s sent to a psychiatric facility. Maya Stark is the young lady who ends up getting assigned to Lucas, and they forge a strange, unspoken bond. Turns out Maya has her own secrets. And all of these factor into her determination to reunite Lucas with his missing father. But how will she do this when he’s in isolation in a mental hospital and she is in charge of getting to the bottom of all of this? Where has Lucas been all this time? Is his father dead or alive? What caused his rage at the store? So many questions needing to be answered here. Mejia is a master of weaving a tangled family web, and many times you have no idea what is going down and with whom, until YOU are ensnared in it. And you have no desire to extract yourself. I didn’t connect with this one as much as her first, but it is still one hell of a great read. Especially with the father-son dynamic involved. Definitely worth your time.

~ by generationgbooks on November 24, 2018.

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